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Anderl Heckmair, My Life [German]


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Born in Munich in 1906, Anderl Heckmair made history as one of the first four men to climb the North Face of the Eiger in 1938. He negotiated a difficult relationship with the Nazi party throughout his life, after Hitler appropriated his success in the mountains for propaganda. After serving on the Eastern Front in World War II, Heckmair worked as a mountain guide and initiated the formation of a professional association for mountain guides. Twice married, Heckmair died in Germany in 2005.


'It deserves a place on the bookshelves of anyone who has an interest in the mountains, however Platonic.' (John Holden, Fell and Rock Club Journal). 'Heckmair will remain a legend as long as the leitmotif of our sport is the seeking out of adventure, enterprise, comradeship and having fun. And this comes through to me from this inspirational book - its author has enjoyed a hell of a lot of the latter.' (Dennis Gray, Alpine Club Journal). 'It seems Heckmair took a long, hard look at Hitler and recoiled, mentally at least. He remains for many climbers the true hero of the Eiger, the man who led the way.' (Ed Douglas, Climber Magazine).

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